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Okay, Incufestians … all together now:
♫ ♪ Happy birthday to you,happy birthday to you,happy birthday, dear José,happy birthday to yoooooouuuuuuuuuu!!!! ♪ ♫ ♥

Okay, Incufestians … all together now:

♫ ♪ Happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
happy birthday, dear José,
happy birthday to yoooooouuuuuuuuuu!!!! ♪ ♫ ♥

Make a wish, Ben!

Make a wish, Ben!

Well, #IncubusParty guests, my specialty is coffee cake, not birthday cake, so this is the best I could do. All we need now is for the birthday boy to make a wish! ♥

Well, #IncubusParty guests, my specialty is coffee cake, not birthday cake, so this is the best I could do. All we need now is for the birthday boy to make a wish! ♥

Fresh from my oven, too pretty to frost.

Fresh from my oven, too pretty to frost.

My co-workers just gave me the cutest Valentine birthday cake.

My co-workers just gave me the cutest Valentine birthday cake.

Fresh from my oven, Amish Friendship Cake, the same stuff I gave to Incubus. It’s a damn good thing they didn’t taste it (which I’m sure they didn’t), because they’d still be fighting over which one gets to marry me. Well, okay, it’s true - the cake wasn’t enough to save my own marriage, but to this day, whenever my ex-husband comes over here, the first words out of his mouth are, “Is there any Amish cake?”
This one, I’m afraid, is reserved for a certain sexual deviant I’ve been blogging about, and struggling with, whose birthday is tomorrow. It’s already been established he’s not into vanilla. Let’s see how he feels about cinnamon sugar. Either way, my apologies to the Amish.

Fresh from my oven, Amish Friendship Cake, the same stuff I gave to Incubus. It’s a damn good thing they didn’t taste it (which I’m sure they didn’t), because they’d still be fighting over which one gets to marry me. Well, okay, it’s true - the cake wasn’t enough to save my own marriage, but to this day, whenever my ex-husband comes over here, the first words out of his mouth are, “Is there any Amish cake?”

This one, I’m afraid, is reserved for a certain sexual deviant I’ve been blogging about, and struggling with, whose birthday is tomorrow. It’s already been established he’s not into vanilla. Let’s see how he feels about cinnamon sugar. Either way, my apologies to the Amish.

Moon Over Firefly
Well, boys and girls, that about does it for the Firefly Music Festival 2012. All my photos and videos have now been posted. Admittedly amateur, but I hope you enjoyed them. In case you missed any, you can find them all here.
I want to say thank you to my best road trip buddy Gretchen, who came with me to Firefly even though she wasn’t familiar with any of the bands, and who stood with me in the rain during Jack White’s show, and who slowed her pace to keep step with my hobbling. She even took a break from veganism to help me hunt down Delaware’s best ice cream. A true friend. ♥

Moon Over Firefly

Well, boys and girls, that about does it for the Firefly Music Festival 2012. All my photos and videos have now been posted. Admittedly amateur, but I hope you enjoyed them. In case you missed any, you can find them all here.

I want to say thank you to my best road trip buddy Gretchen, who came with me to Firefly even though she wasn’t familiar with any of the bands, and who stood with me in the rain during Jack White’s show, and who slowed her pace to keep step with my hobbling. She even took a break from veganism to help me hunt down Delaware’s best ice cream. A true friend. ♥

Cake at Firefly 2012 - Sheep Go To Heaven (excerpt)

At the risk of getting myself into trouble with Cake fans…

I was really enjoying their set at Firefly until John McCrea starting saying something about how we should all put down our cameras and live in the moment. Not a bad sentiment at all, but I got the feeling that what he was really saying was, “don’t record my show.” If you think I’m overreacting, all I can say is that Cake and I are from the same generation - the one that tends to get all worked up over intellectual property. So I do sympathize with artists trying to protect their work, but remain convinced that a few shaky iPhone videos uploaded to YouTube can’t do that much harm. On the contrary, they probably help (I’m a librarian and could look up the hard data, but I’m sorry, I’m on vacation), so while I know that the smirk factor is precisely what makes Cake so beloved, I have to say I could’ve lived without that little speech.

I’d also like to point out that throughout the festival, yes, there were lots of phones taking lots of concert footage, but the rest of the time I was struck by how infrequently people seemed to be using their phones for other things. I can only think it meant that, without being told to, we were indeed living in the moment.

That said, stay tuned for video…

Stay tuned, my lovelies! I’m on my way home from Firefly, and if I make it back in one piece I’ll have some fairly decent video for you of Walk the Moon, Jack White, Young the Giant, Cake, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Awolnation, Death Cab for Cutie, The Flaming Lips, and The Black Keys. It’s a miracle I made it out of the Awolnation crowd alive! More in a couple of days…

Firefly meetup?

(Sorry, Browncoats, I mean the other Firefly.)

If anyone wants to meet up at the Firefly Festival this weekend, just look for someone who is probably around your parents’ age, either hobbling around with a cane, or on crutches, or just limping if I’m having a good day. (Now you really want to meet me, don’t you?)

Just my luck a chronic illness chose this of all months to come out of remission, but eff-it, I’m going anyway. A specialist could have shot me up with some hellacious (but effective) meds by now, but somehow the "but I have to go see Jack White" excuse wasn’t considered enough of an emergency. Can you believe that?

Meanwhile, people are starting to post their “must see” lists, so here’s mine:

Friday - Jack White
Saturday - Cake, Modest Mouse
Sunday - Awolnation, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys

I’ll be happy with that, if I can manage it. My “B” list includes The Killers, Grouplove, Death Cab for Cutie, The Wallflowers, Walk the Moon, Imagine Dragons, and Young the Giant - and before you Young the Giant fans start giving me a hard time for not putting them on my “A” list (like you did a few weeks ago when I described them as “kinda” cute instead of “hella” cute) the only reason is because I’ve already seen them once. I do plan to make every effort to catch them again, though, and as a sign of good faith, here’s a hella sexy screenshot:

Wait - Modest Mouse is going to be at Firefly too? Could this festival (for which I just got my very high-tech wristband) possibly get any more awesome? This is why I’m so frustrated, because after ten years of normal, a chronic illness has suddenly reared its pesky head again, and I can’t really walk or stand for any length of time. Worst of all, I was so proud of myself back in May when I saw Incubus and had to stand up for hours. I had to laugh, because all the young people around me were groaning, “oh my back, oh my legs,” and I said to them, “hey, I’m at least twice your age - if I can do this, you can!” Hopefully, those days are not over for me. I won’t be better in time for Firefly, but I’m still going, dammit, and will do the best I can. I mean, Jack White, the Black Keys, the Flaming Lips, Cake, the Killers, Awolnation, Young the Giant, Death Cab for Cutie, AND Modest Mouse? Even if you had to hobble, wouldn’t you go anyway?

Fresh from my oven - Amish Friendship Cake, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and smelling like heaven.
Incubus, my darlings, see what you missed? I hope at least Mike is getting some good cake today.

Fresh from my oven - Amish Friendship Cake, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, and smelling like heaven.

Incubus, my darlings, see what you missed? I hope at least Mike is getting some good cake today.

Jun 2

You gave Incubus a cake!? Did they like it? Recipe please?

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Yes, and they seemed very appreciative, but I’m sure the cake never even got unwrapped, let alone eaten. I mean, would you eat something a total stranger gave you, especially if you had to go on stage in a few hours? At least it was a conversation starter, since I’m not very good at talking to famous people, especially those who are so dazzling you don’t know up from down when you’re in their presence.

Here’s the recipe, but speaking of starters, you won’t be able to make it unless somebody gives you one. I used to have a recipe for making cake starter from scratch, but was never able to do it. You have to let it ferment for a month, and I never got past the first few days without it getting moldy, but this could be because I live in Florida where it’s very humid. You might have better luck depending on where you live, so just Google it and you’ll probably find a bunch of different recipes for starters. I once drove 150 miles (each way) to get a starter from a friend, because all my starters died (yes, they die if you keep them for too long). If you can get yourself a starter, please let me know how it turns out.

Amish Friendship Cake (a.k.a. Amish Friendship Bread)

Day 1: This is the day you receive the starter. Do not refrigerate it. People who make this cake usually keep their starters in ziplock bags, which doesn’t sound very Amish, but…

Days 2 through 5: Squeeze the bag.

Day 6: Add 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk. Squeeze the bag.

Days 7 through 9: Squeeze the bag.

Day 10: Combine batter and 1 cup each of flour, sugar, and milk in a large glass bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon. Pour three 1-cup starters into separate gallon-size ziplock bags. Keep one, give two away with the recipe to friends. (The new starters may be kept 3 months in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer until you are ready to make more cakes.)

To remaining batter in glass bowl, add:

1 cup oil, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 large eggs, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 cups flour, ½ cup milk, and 1 large box instant vanilla pudding. (Again, I can’t imagine how the Amish manage to get their hands on instant vanilla pudding, so I can’t really vouch for the authenticity of this recipe. Maybe it should be called “Amish-esque?” Anyway, it’s the friendship part that’s most important, right?)

Pour batter into 2 large loaf pans, well greased and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. Dust the top with cinnamon and sugar and chopped nuts (if desired). Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. Give to your favorite band in delusional hope that they’ll remember you for it.

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Jun 2
Coffee and a nice big hunk of Amish Friendship Cake, just like the one I gave to Incubus last week. Life is good.

Coffee and a nice big hunk of Amish Friendship Cake, just like the one I gave to Incubus last week. Life is good.